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Battleship USS Iowa BB-61

250 S Harbor Blvd., Berth 87, San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA 90733
877-446-9261
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Ranked #16 of 370 attractions in Los Angeles
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Military Museums
Owner description: USS IOWA BB-61 is finally open to the public after 20 years in reserve status and 11 years in the ghost fleet at Suisun Bay. The only US Navy ship... more » Owner description: USS IOWA BB-61 is finally open to the public after 20 years in reserve status and 11 years in the ghost fleet at Suisun Bay. The only US Navy ship with a bathtub (built for Pres. Roosevelt), the only IOWA class that served in both theatres of WWII, fought in the Korean War, and reactivated in the 1980's for the Cold War. IOWA fired 2700lb, 16" shells over 24 miles that could penetrate 30 ft of reinforced concrete. Still able to be called back to active duty, she is truly a treasure to visit. « less
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San Diego, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The ship is awesome, even if in need of some pretty serious renovation. The staff were incredible. Very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. TIP: Hit the restrooms before boarding the ship!! With continued reinvestment of proceeds, the exhibit should take shape nicely over the next several years. The immediate area doesn't offer much else to do, so try to combine this trip... More

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

My husband and I had a lovely time aboard the Iowa. in fact, my brother served aboard the Iowa in 1957. He is now a retired officer of the US Navy. He also served aboard the Wasp. He took me aboard the Wasp but, I have never been on the Iowa. Thanks to your excellent tour lead J J we... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

Young and old can appreciate all the history. San Pedro is a great little town with some awesome pieces of our fine history in it!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

We took a guided tour with a Boy Scout Troop. The staff also arranged a visit for us to the ships communication room so we could complete the Radio Merit Badge. The staff was very responsive and extremely helpful. The guided tour was great. The tour was very informative and entertaining. The trip to the communication room was spectacular. We... More

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Granada Hills
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It is great to have this treasure in San Pedro. We very much enjoyed touring the ship and seeing how our Navy service people lived and worked while at sea. I wish I had been able to tour it with my Dad who served in the U.S. Navy aboard a ship so he could give us his perspective of life... More

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Santa Rosa, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

A floating historical event. Wonderful to get a glimpse of what it might have been like to serve our country. Fascinating to see how the Iowa was modernized each time she was refitted. The docents were quite friendly and knowledgeable. Wish the tours were guided, however. Well worth the $$.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Good self-guided tour around the ship. Finding the ship's dog's pictures throughout the ship was a fun "treasure hunt" for the kids. The parking lot fee is pricey. Plan to spend several hours to roam around the ship. There are no restrooms available on the ship, so be sure to use those outside before entering (there are signs to remind... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Iowa has a rich history which comes to life with a visit. The ship's abilities and missions were complemented by the on-board information and the optional paid docent led tours. All the volunteers and docents were very knowledgeable and accomodated question after question while keeping the 1.5 hour tour moving. The tour is easy for those that are mobile.... More

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Prescott Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

What a great experience. This ship is a treasure for all to share for generations to come. The only place where you can see the last active battleship as she last served.

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Chino Hills, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I'm a history fan and in particular, love WWII. When I discovered the Iowa was berthed nearby, I was ecstatic! The Iowa class battleship is really something to see and if you have the time, go see it. I took my French girlfriend (who is not a fan of war related things) and even she loved the ship! We walked... More

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